Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 3, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Father Daniel C. Weber SJ

Jesuit Father Daniel C. Weber passed away Jan. 18, 2005 in Spokane.

Father Daniel C. Weber SJ The vigil service was the evening of Jan. 21 at St. Aloysius Church; the funeral Mass was celebrated there the next day. Burial followed the funeral, at Mt. St. Michael Cemetery.

In addition, a memorial Mass was celebrated for Father Weber at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Tacoma, on Jan. 25.

Father Weber was born on his family farm near Uniontown, Wash., in 1925. After service in the Naval Air Force during World War II, and a stint in semi-pro baseball, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1948. He taught at Marquette High School in Yakima, Wash., and then in 1957 was asked to be a member of a group of seven Jesuits who founded Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore.

He then studied theology at Alma College (presently the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley) and was ordained a priest in 1960. After ordination he returned to Jesuit High and taught there until he was appointed the Rector and President of Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, where he served from 1965-1971.

In 1972, he was elected to the first Board of Bellarmine Prep, Tacoma, to include lay members, and in 1974 worked on the merger of Bellarmine with Aquinas Academy and St. Leo High School, thus making Bellarmine one of the first Jesuit schools in the nation to become co-ed and one of the largest private schools in the state.

Two years later, he became Bellarmine’s 11th president. In the ensuing 20 years, he put the school on sound financial footing, completely reshaped the campus, and established Bellarmine as a spiritual and educational beacon in the Tacoma community. When he retired in 1999 at age 71, a grateful Bellarmine Board gave him the title of President Emeritus.

He published his autobiography, Grateful Memories, in 2001.

After his retirement from Bellarmine, he continued his ministry in a variety of ways, including time as an Associate Director of Development for the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus and a brief stint as the acting pastor at St. Charles Borromeo and St. Patrick parishes in Tacoma. He enjoyed helping in parishes around the Tacoma area on weekends and for many years was a regular retreat director at Palisades Retreat House in Federal Way, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents John G. Weber and Marguerite Adams Weber and his siblings Marion, Joseph and Rita. He is survived by a sister, Mary Ann (Francis) Niehenke, and brothers John (Jeanette), Robert (Lucille), James (Audrey), Richard (Bette) and Martin (Jane), and 41 nieces and nephews.

Memorials for Father Daniel Weber may be made to the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, Jesuit Senior Fund, PO Box 86010, Portland OR 97286-0010.

Sister Monica (M. Clare Louise) Taylor SNJM

Holy Names Sister Monica Taylor died Jan. 16, 2005, at the age of 74. She had been a member of her Religious community for over 55 years.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Jan 20 at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane. Burial followed at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

She was born in Wallace, Idaho, and attended school in Walla Walla, Wash., before her family moved to Spokane, where she graduated from St. Aloysius School and Holy Names Academy.

She entered the novitiate in 1949 and pronounced vows two years later. She attended Marylhurst College and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Holy Names College.

She was a music teacher – she participated in the Spokane Symphony Chorale for nearly 30 years – and a primary and middle grades teacher from 1958-72 in Spokane and Seattle, then as a librarian in Spokane schools from 1973-84.

Sister Monica began her work in the Holy Names’ Development Department in 1985.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names Retirement Fund, 2911 W. Fort Wright Dr., Spokane, WA 99224.

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